Multiple callers had rung 000 and reported that a number of cars and a truck had collided near Leakes Road in Plumpton, with a fire engulfing one of the cars and the truck, with persons reported to be inside the vehicles.
Enroute, heavy black smoke could be seen issuing on the highway, and a request for additional Tankers was made by Senior Station Officer Masters on Melton Pumper.
On arrival, crews were met with an incident covering a very large area, with a car and a truck well alight, and another car 100m further down the road that was in a bad way.
"We were lucky the paramedics had arrived just before us, so they could do their primary role of treating the casualties, while we could focus on the fire" explains SSO Masters. "Unbelievably, there were no fatalities here."
Luckily, the family in the car, and driver of the truck self extricated with the help of bystanders before the brigade's arrival. The people in the other car, were also very lucky to survive after the side of their car was sheared off and thrown a number of meters along the highway.
With many ambulances in attendance, all casualites were transported to various hospitals in Melbourne, with injuries ranging from broken bones to shock.
Appliances in attendance were;
Melton - Pumper, Tanker, Rescue.
Caroline Springs - Tanker 1.
Diggers Rest - Tanker 1.
The Officer in Charge of this incident was Senior Station Officer Michael Masters from Melton Fire Brigade.
The cause of the collision is being investigated by Victoria Police.